Food as Preventative Medicine: Counting Colors Instead of Calories. ~ Rainbeau Mars
Does your diet consist of mostly white and yellow-ish?
Or, are the majority of your colors coming from sweet and sour candies in a package?
We were all gifted with a plethora of fruits and vegetables growing on Earth, which are the secret to our health’s success. Bees and birds have a good thing going—they’re literally attracted by natural scents and sights. Our human eyes, too, see shapes and colors that tell us what we need to eat, and we should consider getting in (at least) five colors with each meal.
There’s something about the beauty of a rainbow stretched across a blue sky that’s special. We don’t see them every day, so when we do, we’re filled with joy and excitement! The good news is that we can taste the rainbow every day…and no, we aren’t talking about Lucky Charms.
We’re talking about all those colorful fruits and veggies that make your skin glow and your body feel fresh!
It’s far more important to count colors rather than calories, and to enjoy the goldmine of preventative medicine from mother nature and her trove of treasures, which provide for our wealth of health.
Foods: tomato and tomato products, watermelon, guava
Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Lycopene: an antioxidant, cuts prostate cancer risk, and helps our skin protect itself against free radicals.
Foods: carrot, yam, sweet potato, mango, pumpkin
Foods: citrus fruits: orange, lemon, grapefruit, papaya, peach
Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Vitamin C and flavonoids: supports the immune system, inhibits tumor cell growth, and detoxifies harmful substances (free radicals).
Foods: spinach, kale, collard, and other greens
Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Folate: supports healthy cell growth and blood building.
Foods: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower
Foods: garlic, onion, chive, asparagus
Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Allyl sulfides: help destroy cancer cells, reduces cell division, and supports our immune system.
Foods: blueberries, purple grapes, plums
Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Anthocyanins: can be anti-inflammatory, and supports the destruction of free radicals.
Foods: grapes, berries, plums, dragon fruit
Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Resveratrol: Can be nourishing for skin, congnitive function, and metabolism. It may decrease estrogen production.
Foods: whole grains, legumes
Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Fiber: Removes plaque build up and carcinogenic waste by sweeping it through the system.
Author: Rainbeau Mars
Image: via Rainbeau Mars on Instagram
Editor: Catherine Monkman
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